Belmont senior Paulina Jayne will perform a benefit concert for Miss Amazing, a non-profit organization that supports women and girls with disabilities, on Friday at the Local.
The show will raise funds for a pageant in April that will feature the disabled women and girls in the Miss Amazing organization.
“I heard about Miss Amazing here and there and I was intrigued by the concept of it because I just thought it was really cool that these girls were being celebrated in so many different ways,” Jayne said. “I thought it would be a great opportunity to be a part of something that empowers not only women but women with disabilities.”
Jayne and her managers, Belmont seniors Stevie Palmer and Tess Davies, partnered with local businesses like Paddle Up, a Nashville paddleboard company, and Southern Vintage Market Boutique to put together a gift basket to auction off at the show. The proceeds from the basket raffle, along with all ticket sales, will be donated to Miss Amazing.
In addition to raising money, Jayne hopes her show will be a fun, engaging event for the girls involved with Miss Amazing.
“I want the girls to feel like it’s a night about them,” Jayne said. “It’s not just people showing up to play a gig.”
Jayne’s collaborations with Miss Amazing began in September 2017.
“We’ve been working with Miss Amazing for the past few months, and we filmed a music video for Paulina’s Christmas single ‘O Holy Night’ that featured 17 of the girls in the organization,” Palmer said. “We later talked about doing a fundraiser for the group, and then we came up with the concept for the benefit concert.”
While Jayne has only worked with Miss Amazing for a short time, the non-profit has quickly turned into an important part of her life.
“Being part of this organization has been extraordinary because I get to see a whole other side of life that I haven’t had a first-person experience with before,” she said. “Miss Amazing has become really close to heart because it’s taught me that everybody is somebody.”
Kelly Ford, of “Ty, Kelly & Chuck Mornings” on radio station NASH-FM, will emcee Jayne’s show.
“Her involvement will definitely help to raise awareness of Miss Amazing and how it helps these girls,” said Davies. “Everyone that’s just involved in this benefit concert truly and wholeheartedly believes in this organization.”
Jayne, Palmer and Davies cannot wait to see the girls and women supported by Miss Amazing as well as the final product of their hard work at the show.
“Even though there’s a lot of stress that goes into planning a concert like this, it all comes to fruition once you get there,” Palmer said. “When you see faces of these girls and how excited they are about everything, that’s what makes this worth it.”
The benefit concert begins on Friday at 6 p.m. at the Local. Tickets can be purchased online on Brown Paper Tickets or at the door.
This article written by Drew Pearce.